Alena is a 50-year-old woman who is married with five children. She runs a sewing business in her community. She sells puletasi, skirts and kids clothes to her village.
Alena has requested a loan to buy a new sewing machine, needles, threads and materials needed for her business.
She plans to use her profits to extend her shop, and to save for her needs. She joined SPBD in 2012 to gain access to financial services.
South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) improves conditions for families living in poverty by providing accessible credit, training, and guidance to help them start, grow and maintain micro-businesses, build assets, finance home improvements, and afford to educate their children. 99% of SPBD’s loans go to women, who can borrow in groups to guarantee one another rather than put up collateral.